4 Stars Out Of 5
A Great intro to the topic of the Kingdom of God
January 9, 2013
The Kingdom of God (Theology in Community), edited by Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, is an anthology exploring the biblical notion of the kingdom of God. Seven honored theologians (Gregg R. Allision, Clinton E. Arnold, Anthony B. Bradley, Gerald Bray, Stephen J. Nichols, Bruce K. Waltke, and Robert Yarbrough) take on the big questions of kingdom by each covering a facet of kingdom thought. Each scholar presents a brief essay (or two as in the case of Waltke and Yarbrough) in the form of a chapter. The topics include: The Kingdom in Historical and Contemporary Perspective, The Kingdom in the Old Testament (Both in covenants and story), The Kingdom in the New Testament (comparing Matthew and Revelation with Mark through the epistles), The Kingdom and Miracles, Satan, and Demons, The Kingdom and the Church, The Kingdom and Eschatology, and the Kingdom Today.
Each chapter-essay was well written and seeming worthy of its own book. It was great to read from such a variety of scholars in one volume. However because each chapter stood in ordered isolation from the others there was a small bit of overlap on certain facets of thought such as eschatology and Revelation. It would have been interesting to have a recorded dialogue from the other scholars at the end of each chapter. As it is each chapter genuinely stands alone leaving the title of this series (Theology in Community) somewhat misleading.
Overall I thought it was a great book and well worth your time if you are looking for a somewhat conservative scholarly volume on the Kingdom of God.
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